The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland has sent out pastoral letters insisting that opposing gay marriage is not homophobic, as the country prepares for a national referendum on whether to legalize the practice on May 22.
"We have got ourselves into the situation that many people won't even raise these issues in their families and workplaces for fear of being ridiculed or condemned as homophobic," said Archbishop Eamon Martin, who leads Ireland's Catholic Church.
Martin added, according to the Irish Independent, that it's a "fact of nature" that same-sex unions are "fundamentally and objectively different" from the sexual union of a woman and a man, which is "naturally open to life." more >>
Kate Middleton and Prince William named their newborn daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana following her birth on Saturday, May 2.
"The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to announce that they have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana," read a tweet from Kensington Palace on Monday. "The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge."
The Duchess of Cambridge delivered a baby girl on Saturday morning in the Lindo Wing, a private facility within the NHS St. Mary's Hospital over the weekend. The newborn weighed in 8 pounds, 3 ounces and both mother and baby are said to be doing well. more >>
Armenian Christians won't get "an iota of land," the mayor of a Turkish city says in response to a lawsuit filed by an Armenian Church in Turkey's Constitutional Court to reclaim its headquarters that existed before the 1915 Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Empire.
"Not even an iota of land is to be handed over to anyone," as Armenians have no proof of ownership of a monastery that was allegedly the church's headquarters, Musa Ozturk, the mayor of Turkey's Kozan district, said Friday, according to Daily Sabah.
The mayor's statement comes three days after the Lebanon-based Armenian Church Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia filed the lawsuit, which carries telegrams from Talat Pasha and Cemal Pasha, two senior figures of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, as evidence of ownership of the monastery. more >>
Minecraft for Xbox 360 will be releasing a new update next week giving players access to new achievements, music, new skins, and a new female character.
Microsoft and Swedish developer, Mojang have announced that "Minecraft" for Xbox 360 consoles will be getting a new update that includes 30 achievements, a new group of tunes, and an extra default skin for a female named Alex.
The world-building game's new achievements will allow players to increase their highest possibile Gamerscore to up to 1000 points, and the music by C418 will be for block placer and breaker in the Xbox 360 version. more >>
Chelsea can place one hand firmly on the Premier League title with a win against Leicester City when they meet at King Power Stadium. The match is on April 29, 2015 at 2:45 p.m. ET.
With only five games left on their schedule, Chelsea hold a 10 point lead over Manchester City and Arsenal on the league standings. And with a win over Leicester, they can effectively end City's title defense as the champions have only 12 points to gain in their final four matches.
Meanwhile, Arsenal has the same number of games remaining as Chelsea but must hope that the Blues suffer a major setback if they want to win the league. more >>
Kate Middleton is reportedly 40 weeks pregnant and is five days overdue to deliver the brother or sister of Prince George. Aside from the royal family, the fans are also excited for the arrival of the new member.
A report from Mirror U.K. said that on Tuesday, a team of law enforcers and a sniffer dog were spotted getting stationed outside St. Mary's Hospital to monitor the growing number of media personnel and royal watchers camping outside the establishment.
The increasing police presence of the area led many people to believe that Kate might already be on her way. more >>